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The Battle of Bonnymuir took place - On this day in history

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On 5 April 1820 a group of striking weavers was intercepted on the way to the Carron Ironworks, after being infiltrated by government agents.

The men, who were protesting following a period of economic hardship and unrest, were ambushed by an armed force outside the village of Bonnybridge. In the ensuing struggle, at least four of the weavers and a lieutenant and sergeant were badly wounded. Three of the rebel leaders - Andrew Hardie, James Wilson and John Baird were arrested and later executed.

(Image shows the Radical Road at Salisbury Crags, built by unemployed weavers during the period of the strike. Copyright Kim Traynor)

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